Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations

Latinos in Heritage Conservation - A National Organization for Expanding and Preserving Latino Heritage

Saturday, October 14
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC) is one of the first National organizations made up of architects, preservation professionals, scholars, educators, and advocates dedicated to promoting historic preservation in Latino communities throughout America. This paper will focus on how the POLICY of designating ethnic heritage sites can support the PRACTICE of restoring and preserving them. The use of oral histories, as well as new technologies, can provide stronger evidence for landmark designation and subsequently the effective preservation PRACTICE of these sites.
It will also describe the obstacles and challenges related to establishing the criteria for HDL designation of these distinctive sites. This has led to Latinos and other ethnic communities being vastly underrepresented in the recognition and protection of our collective national history. The term “intangible history” will be discussed, as well as its value (non-economical) to those historic sites where the integrity and physical elements may have been significantly altered or are no longer extant. These sites are unique and require creative and specific solutions when the PRACTICE of restoring and preserving them comes into play.
This paper will explore the intersection of POLICY and PRACTICE when the preservation of ethnic heritage sites demands creativity to meet the objective of demonstrating the best America has to offer. The history of North America is shaped by stories and places. Those which illustrate the history of Latinos and other ethnic groups from across the globe need new approaches to recognition and restoration to find their place in the American landscape.

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Edward Torrez, AIA LEED AP

Bauer Latoza Studio

Edward Torrez, AIA, LEED, AP, is an architect and principal at Bauer Latoza Studio Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Torrez has been specializing in Historic Preservation, Adaptive Reuse, Rehabilitation, Interior Renovation and Urban Planning projects in Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas for over 25 years.

Mr. Torrez was appointed to serve on the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and currently serves as Advisor for the National Trust of Historic Preservation, member of the Illinois Historical Sites Advisory Council (IHSAC), member of the Executive Board of Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC), Landmark Illinois’ Reinvestment Committee and Board Member of the Ray Bradbury Carnegie Center.

Edward has lectured extensively on preservation related topics for a number of national and local conference and organizations including AIA National Convention, Association for Preservation Technology, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Landmarks Illinois, American Planners Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects.


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Jennifer Iredale

Bio – Jennifer Iredale, MSc Historic Preservation, CAHP
Jennifer Iredale has over 35 years’ experience in the field of heritage conservation in Canada and has been instrumental in leading provincial and national heritage initiatives on youth engagement, education, environmental sustainability, and heritage tourism. Previously Director of the Heritage Branch for the Province of BC, she is currently in private practicel with her work focussing on research and writing projects. Jennifer has been recognized through several awards, most recently receiving the BC Museums Association award for’ Outstanding Achievement’.


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